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A person can't discuss the virtues of water boarding in the press or on TV until they themselves have been water boarded. Named after the late journalist Christopher Hitchens who had himself water boarded to experience the torture method so that he could discuss it with better insight.
A person would invoke the Hitchens Rule in social media when someone who has not been the subject of water boarding, begins to describe it in glowing terms, or that the act is not actually torture.
by neoblaque December 16, 2011
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